What did Jesus Christ look like?

Have you ever wondered what Jesus the Christ looked like? It is rather amazing that we have much information about what He taught and what He did, but we have no description of His appearance. Artists have over the years given us paintings of what they assumed He looked like, yet not one of them ever saw Jesus. Perhaps His earthly appearance was not important since we have no description of Him. However, with that being the case, we are not left without information about our crucified, resurrected and ascended Lord.

The Apostle John gives us a stunning description in Revelation 1:13-16. What did John see? In a vision, the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle (belt). And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength (at midday). What was John’s reaction? When he saw Him, he fell at His feet as a dead man. Wow!

David Roper in his commentary on Revelation makes some valuable observations:
“Today most are aware of the baby born in a manger who grew up to be a great teacher and healer. Many have even heard of the One who died on a cross and was then raised from the dead. Too few, however, are familiar with the glorious One who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords’.

As we come into the Lord’s presence, we must avoid extremes. On the one hand, if we are paralyzed by fear, we can never know the closeness of children who love the Lord. On the other hand, if we are over familiar, we fail to extend to Him the respect and reverence which He deserves.”

I would conclude that we must be very careful to serve and worship our Lord with the respect and reverence He deserves.

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